In Sickness and in Health

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How to Cope While Keeping the Vow.

There are many reasons seniors and boomers choose to downsize. For some, it’s a matter of wanting more freedom during their retirement years. For others, it may be a necessity brought on by an unexpected health issue or illness.

In situations where an illness or injury has prompted the downsizing, it can create stress for the partner in the relationship who may not be ready to make the move, but feels obligated to do so in order to stay with their spouse. One particular condition which prompts many seniors and boomers to downsize before they initially planned is Alzheimer’s. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 5.4 million Americans are now living with Alzheimer’s disease. In 2015 alone, 18.1 billion hours of unpaid care was administered to those with Alzheimer’s by caregivers who were either spouses or other family members. Continue reading

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Wear Out Your Smiles, Not Your Welcome

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How to be a Good Houseguest, not a Nuisance.

One of the biggest benefits to downsizing in your senior years is that you will have more time for the fun things in life. This includes finding more time to travel to places you’ve always wanted to see, or visiting friends and family members you haven’t seen for years.

While some people prefer to stay in hotels or other public accommodations while traveling, there are times when it is appropriate to stay with friends or relatives. Some friends and family members may even be offended if they extend an invitation to stay with them and you do not accept. Sure, it can be awkward to stay in someone else’s home – even someone you know well – but there are things you can do to be a good houseguest and not a nuisance. Follow these simple rules and guidelines, and the only thing you will wear out during your visit is your smile, not your welcome! Continue reading

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Downsize Without Family Discord

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How to Stop Conflict Before it Starts.

Downsizing a home can be a very stressful event for seniors and boomers, especially if the process must be undertaken due to an illness or injury. There is the emotional aspect of leaving behind a home where a life had been built. There also are the financial and physical aspects of downsizing, which involve selling an existing home to pay for the move and getting everything packed up and ready to go.

If a home requires any repairs or improvements to ready it for the market, it can be an added step that is likely to cause family discord if not handled properly. It can be expensive to hire contractors to complete work if friends or family members are able to do it. Continue reading

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Ditch the Travel Hassles

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Think Outside the Box to Prepare for Extended Travel.

Summertime is prime travel season for many. And with the price of oil lower than it was during the same time period last year, more vacationers are choosing to drive to their destinations than ever before.

For those who own or have the ability to rent an RV, extended travel can be a pleasant experience. Equipped with beds, kitchens and even mini bathrooms, most RVs are mini homes away from your real home. However, they can be a bit pricey to operate due to their low fuel mileage capability, which can be a real drain on the vacation budget.

There are ways to travel comfortably that don’t involve an RV and the expense associated with them. Thinking creatively can go a long way toward making long trips fun, relaxing and easier on the bank account. Continue reading

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